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CENTCOM NEWS RELEASE
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July 1, 2003
Release Number: 03-07-01


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


OPERATION SIDEWINDER AND COALITION SECURITY ACTIVITY CONTINUES

BAGHDAD, Iraq - The 4th Infantry Division conducted 25 raids in support of Operation Sidewinder resulting in 25 detained individuals including 11 that were on the targeted list. Confiscated weapons include six AK-47s, two machine guns, five rocket-propelled grenade launchers; one crate of rocket-propelled grenades, three rocket-propelled grenade sights and other assorted ammunition and military equipment.

Coalition security significant actions include:

The 1st Marine Expeditionary Force in An Najaf arrested the mayor Abu Haydar Abdul Mun'im police chief and 60 other individuals. The formal charges being brought against Mun'im include public corruption, unlawful detention of persons, and battery. Each of these charges carries severe criminal penalties under Iraqi law.

In Baghdad, the 1st Armored Division secured 260 sites and detained 128 individuals.

Coalition forces continued aggressive patrols throughout the country over the last 24 hours conducting 1,123 day patrols and 821 night patrols. They also jointly patrolled with the Iraqi Police conducting 178 day patrols and 118 night patrols. On their own, Iraqi Police conducted two day and two night patrols. The total patrols resulted in 248 arrests for various criminal activities including one for murder, five for burglary and 11 for looting.

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